MACEDONIA — Butterburger fans, take heart.
Culver’s, the restaurant chain famous for hamburgers served on buttered buns, is under construction and likely to open in May.
Work had begun last fall when ground was broken. Owner Steve Skomski said he had hoped work could have got underway sooner.
"We were looking to close on the property in August," Skomski said, "and we had some complications with a local utility that pushed us back until the end of October." Rainy weather also caused delays, he said, slowing the process to complete grading and building the foundation.
Once that was completed, work could begin on the building. "The building itself is almost halfway done," Skomski said. "We’re looking at a mid- to late-May opening." May 24 is the target date, he added.
The Macedonia Culver’s, located at 8142 Golden Link Blvd., will be the second Culver’s in northeast Ohio. The first one in the area opened in Avon last year.
The hiring process for managers is going to begin in the next month or so, Skomski said on Feb. 5, and then he will start hiring workers by the end of April. He said he is planning to hire around 70 team members and eight managers.
"We’re looking for enthusiastic people who enjoy putting a smile on people’s faces," he said. "People who are naturally gregarious and like to enjoy themselves at work. We like to have that type of customer-focused attitude."
Anyone interested in applying to work at Culver’s in Macedonia may go to https://recruiting.talentreef.com/culvers.
Skomski said Mayor Nick Molnar has assured him work on an access road into the Golden Link shopping center from Route 8 will begin as soon as the asphalt companies open around April 15.
Skomski said he "tips his hat" to Molnar for all of the support he’s provided not the least of which was cutting through red tape Skomski said he encountered.
Molnar said he’s been getting a lot of calls about the construction going on in the Golden Link plaza. "I get calls quite often from people wondering what it is and how long," he said. "We’re obviously pretty excited to have them and get them up and running."
The mayor said work can’t begin on the access road until spring because hot-mix asphalt is not being produced right now. "It’s difficult to build a road in the winter months," he added.
And as far as the Butterburger goes, Molnar is a believer.
"I’ll tell you what, I had one out in Avon and they are amazing. Absolutely amazing," he said. "It’s excellent. I’ve gone out there several times just for the burgers."
Molnar said he’s looking forward to when the Macedonia location opens.
Reporter Steve Wiandt can be reached at 330-541-9420, firstname.lastname@example.org or @SteveWiandt_RPC.